TOWN OF RIVER FALLS
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Monday, June 15, 2015; River Falls Town Hall
Elected officials and staff present: Diana G. Smith, Chair; Siri Smith, John Galgowski, Joe Mahoney, Brad Mogen, Supervisors; Ruth Stern, Clerk; Rita Kozak, Treasurer; Jerome Rodewald, Zoning Administrator
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 P.M. by Chair, Diana Smith. Attorney Terry Dunst was present to provide the board with more information regarding ETZ regulations and citation processes. The board will hold a public hearing on proposed Ordinance #2015-2: Junked Vehicles, at 8:15 P.M. at the July 6th meeting. Attorney Dunst will also be providing the board with a written legal opinion in regards to the current fire call billing structure.
Siri moved to approve the June 1st meeting minutes with one correction as noted. Brad seconded. Motion carried. Joe moved to approve the minutes of the May 19th and May 26th employee review sessions with corrections as noted. Diana seconded. Motion carried.
Joe moved to approve the June 15th treasurer’s report. There is a money market balance of $364,813.04. John seconded. Motion carried. Jerome will follow-up on an NSF check that was issued to the town for a building project. Rita suggested changes related to fire call billing policies. She will work on revised wording for the code book. Brad moved that any correspondence relating to dog licensing and other dog control issues be turned over to the Town Treasurer’s office which currently manages the dog licensing records. Joe seconded. Motion carried.
Plan Commission Recommendations: Siri moved that the board accept the Plan Commission’s recommendation to confirm a dwelling permit for Reagon and Amy Wright at W8192 760th Ave. located in the SE/NE S22/T27N/R18W. Joe seconded. Motion carried
Approval of Temporary Liquor License for Harvest Fest Organization: David Kusilek was present to discuss the 2015 Harvest Fest which will take place on August 28th-August 30th. Siri moved that the board approve a temporary liquor license and the special event license with the following contingencies: Proof of insurance; Bartender’s licenses; Music done by 12:30 P.M.; Adequate security measures; Proper campground and food permits are obtained through Pierce County (if applicable); Notification of neighbors; No fireworks; Parking on one side of the street; Meets the provisions of the Town Special Event Ordinance. Joe seconded. Motion carried.
Fire Call Appeal: The board reviewed fire call appeal information submitted by Charles and Samantha Eichman at W10324 880th Ave. Due to the circumstances of this case the appeal will be brought forward to the Rural Fire Association at their July 6th meeting for further consideration.
Burn Permit Violations: Postponed to July 6th meeting.
Hiring of Recycling Center Assistant and Other Recycling Updates: No updates at this time.
Approval of Employee Contracts: Contracts are currently being revised and should be ready for signature in the near future.
Enactment of Junked Vehicle Ordinance: Public hearing and possible enactment will be scheduled for the July 6th meeting as noted above.
Farmland Preservation Plan: Jerome provided a mid-year review of the Farmland Preservation Planning Project. He explained that three maps are being created which include: Farmland Suitable to be Preserved; Revised Zoning; and an Agriculture Enterprise Area map. There will be a joint meeting of the Plan Commission and Ad Hoc Committee on Thursday, July 2nd to work on the Farmland Preservation Ordinance and Farmland Preservation Zoning map. A public hearing on these will be held on Monday, July 20th at 7:45 P.M.
Review Fencing Letter: Brad moved that a letter be mailed to several individuals in the town that have been affected by a recent fence dispute situation. The letter explains the statutory legal requirements for fencing. John seconded. Motion carried.
Sign Plan: Town residents that wish to purchase fire signs other than those issued by the Pierce County Land Management Office will be reminded that they need to be clearly readable to emergency services personnel from all directions on the road.
Comprehensive Plan Update: Brad moved that the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee consist of Siri Smith (Chair); David Matthews, Maureen Ash; Kelly Cain and Kurt Leichtle. Joe seconded. Motion carried.
Dog Licensing Update/Citations: The board will have Rita send another follow-up to Donald Pechacek regarding his failure to license dogs as required. Rita will contact the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to determine their ability to assist with this case.
Town Committees: The board is seeking one more town resident to serve on the Plan Commission.
Approval of Resolution 2015-C, Town Fee Schedules: Siri moved that a fee of $100.00 plus the cost of a marker (if requested) be established for cremation plots at town cemeteries. Joe seconded. Motion carried. Joe moved to approve Resolution 2015-C which establishes the revised Highway; Building/Zoning, Recycling, and Administrative/General Fee Schedules (with the addition of the $100.00 cremation plot fee listed above). John seconded. Motion carried.
Brad moved to pay the June 15th listing of bills. Siri seconded. Motion carried.
Brad moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:30 P.M. Joe seconded. Motion carried.